Everyone has a different way of writing and it’s important that you find a way that suits you. There are no rules! I’ve found a way that works for me and invite you to join me as I create a ‘Destination Mystery with a Touch of Romance.’ If you would like you can follow the my story as it develops over the next few months and when it is finished I’ll provide you with a copy.
WHERE DO I START?
I like to spend some time in the pre-writing phase thinking about my setting, characters and plot.
I begin with the location because to me the setting is just as important as the characters and often contributes significantly to the action in the story and even the characters’ responses.
I always prefer to write about a place I’ve been so that my descriptions are authentic. One of the greatest complements I can receive is someone telling me that I have captured the essence of a place they know and love.
Even though I like to choose exotic locations, I’m sure I could find something of the exotic anywhere in the world.
WHO IS THE PROTAGONIST?
After identifying the location for my story, I begin to develop my characters. The first on my list is the protagonist, generally a strong woman. I list a couple of adjectives to describe them, then work out her physical appearance and back story.
WRITE WITH ME?
I’d love you to join me here while I write my next story and would like it even more if you could share your ideas with me. I’d like to know, for example where you think my next story should be set and your ideas for the main character.
WHERE SHOULD I SET MY STORY?
WHO IS MY PROTAGONIST?
I’m also interested in a name for the protagonist and a couple of words to describe her. You can put your ideas in the ‘Comment’ section below.